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Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
"...This is another imaginative effort by one of Chicago’s fine storefront theatres to provide new, adult entertainment that can be enjoyed as we continue to quarantine at home, during this pandemic. Although the curtain time is listed as 8:00 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 on Sundays, be sure to download the link fifteen minutes early. You won’t want to miss the humorous real commercials from the 1960’s. They’re guaranteed to provide some laughs and put viewers in the mood for this period comedy, that’s a real Shakespearean send-up. "
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TotalTheater- Somewhat Recommended
"...Being fundamentally a solo show, however, broadcast from an actual home doubling as a soundstage kitchen, Smith's gross-n-gory images are mostly verbal. David Cerda, Ed Jones, Caitlin Jackson and other Handbag regulars contribute perfunctory cameo-appearances as mile-marker personalities like Jacqueline Susann and Lesley Gore, while Pamela Parker's trio of naked marionettes modeled on the cartoon art of Jay Ward lend a touch of whimsy. In the end, though, what dominates the narrative focus is director/videographer Stephanie Shaw's enthusiastic, but curiously-well, bloodless, invocation of kaleidoscopic mandalas, high-contrast duotone colors, solarization, tracers and other visual motifs associated with psychedelic-era iconography illustrating our Mad Housewife's descent into frustration ultimately proving fatal."
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Mary Shen Barnidge